Paver driveways/patios/walkways, are aesthetically and functionally the longest lasting product a customer can invest in when comparing driveway pavers vs concrete. We install our paver driveways according to engineered or product specifications. An ICPI(International Concrete Paving Institute) certified installer will be on the job-site at all times. Excavation of the current material is the first step in the process of installation. The base is excavated and will be constructed 6-inches beyond the perimeter of the finished paver perimeter. After excavation, compaction of the soil base is achieved to a required compaction percentage. In order to create separation from the paver system and the soil base, a layer of underlayment/geo-textile fabric is placed on top of the soil base. A 6-inch base of Department of Transportation approved gravel(ABC Stone) is then installed and compacted.
Next a one-inch sand bed is screeded across the surface to create a smooth plane for the paver installation. Once the sand bed is created, the pavers are “set” and compacted. Compacting the pavers at this point in the process “pushes” bedding sand up into the joints from underneath. This locks the pavers in place and creates a contained system within the confines of the edging that we have installed around the perimeter of the system. Last, polymeric jointing sand is applied by sweeping the product into all joints. Polymeric sand has a unique bond when moisture has been added to prevent erosion of the sand from the joints.
We sweep the surface clean, compact once again, and then sweep polymeric sand one more time across all joints to fill any voids within the joints. Each joint, between each paver, acts as an expansion joint between each and every paver that is installed. This allows flexibility within the system unlike any other product. With this characteristic, driveway pavers vs concrete are the long-term, durable choice for the environment of freezing and thawing that we live in.